1st Test,
Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh, 2018, Chittagong

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

31 January 2018 09:00 (IST)

4th Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, 26 December 2017

Australia vs England

Australia 3rd Inn:263/4 (124.2)

Steven Smith 102 (275);Mitchell Marsh 29 (166);
Moeen Ali 13.2-2-32-0; Joe Root 3-2-1-1;

Last bat: Shaun Marsh

Result: Match drawn.

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Australia 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Cameron Bancroft b C Woakes 27 42 4 0 64.29
David Warner c J Vince & b Root 86 227 8 0 37.89
Usman Khawaja c Bairstow & b James Anderson 11 14 1 1 78.57
Steven Smith(c) not out 102 275 6 0 37.09
Shaun Marsh c Bairstow & b Broad 4 22 1 0 18.18
Mitchell Marsh not out 29 166 3 0 17.47
Tim Paine(wk) dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Pat Cummins dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Jackson Bird dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Josh Hazlewood dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Nathan Lyon dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 0, w - 0, nb - 0)4
Total(263 for 4 in 124.2 overs)263 (2.12 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/51 (Cameron Bancroft, 15.4 ov.) 2/65 (Usman Khawaja, 21.1 ov.) 3/172 (David Warner, 69.2 ov.)
4/178 (Shaun Marsh, 75.6 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 30 12 46 1 1.53  
Stuart Broad 24 11 44 1 1.83  
Chris Woakes 26 7 62 1 2.38  
Tom Curran 20 6 53 0 2.65  
Moeen Ali 13.2 2 32 0 2.4  
Dawid Malan 8 1 21 0 2.63  
Joe Root (c) 3 2 1 1 0.33  
               

England 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook not out 244 409 27 0 59.66
Mark Stoneman c & b Lyon 15 37 1 0 40.54
James Vince lbw Hazlewood 17 37 3 0 45.95
Joe Root(c) c Lyon & b Pat Cummins 61 133 7 0 45.86
Dawid Malan lbw Hazlewood 14 43 3 0 32.56
Jonny Bairstow(wk) c Paine & b Lyon 22 39 3 0 56.41
Moeen Ali c Shaun Marsh & b Lyon 20 14 2 1 142.86
Chris Woakes c Paine & b Pat Cummins 26 62 3 0 41.94
Tom Curran c Paine & b Hazlewood 4 15 1 0 26.67
Stuart Broad c Khawaja & b Pat Cummins 56 63 8 1 88.89
James Anderson c Bancroft & b Pat Cummins 0 16 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 5, w - 0, nb - 3)12
Total(491 all out in 144.1 overs)491 (3.41 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/35 (Mark Stoneman, 11.3 ov.) 2/80 (James Vince, 24.1 ov.) 3/218 (Joe Root, 68.5 ov.)
4/246 (Dawid Malan, 80.2 ov.) 5/279 (Jonny Bairstow, 89.6 ov.) 6/307 (Moeen Ali, 93.1 ov.)
7/366 (Chris Woakes, 114.5 ov.) 8/373 (Tom Curran, 119.3 ov.) 9/473 (Stuart Broad, 137.5 ov.)
10/491 (James Anderson, 144.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Josh Hazlewood 30 5 95 3 3.17  
Jackson Bird 30 5 108 0 3.6  
Nathan Lyon 42 9 109 3 2.6  
Pat Cummins 29.1 1 117 4 4.01  
Mitchell Marsh 12 1 42 0 3.5  
Steven Smith (c) 1 0 11 0 11  
               

Australia 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Cameron Bancroft lbw C Woakes 26 95 2 0 27.37
David Warner c Bairstow & b James Anderson 103 151 13 1 68.21
Usman Khawaja c Bairstow & b Broad 17 65 2 0 26.15
Steven Smith(c) b Tom Curran 76 156 8 0 48.72
Shaun Marsh lbw Broad 61 148 8 0 41.22
Mitchell Marsh b C Woakes 9 18 1 0 50
Tim Paine(wk) b James Anderson 24 36 4 0 66.67
Pat Cummins c Cook & b Broad 4 18 0 0 22.22
Jackson Bird lbw Broad 4 6 1 0 66.67
Josh Hazlewood not out 1 12 0 0 8.33
Nathan Lyon lbw James Anderson 0 10 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 0, nb - 1)2
Total(327 all out in 119 overs)327 (2.75 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/122 (Cameron Bancroft, 34.3 ov.) 2/135 (David Warner, 47.4 ov.) 3/160 (Usman Khawaja, 57.1 ov.)
4/260 (Steven Smith, 96.2 ov.) 5/278 (Mitchell Marsh, 100.5 ov.) 6/314 (Shaun Marsh, 109.6 ov.)
7/318 (Tim Paine, 112.2 ov.) 8/325 (Jackson Bird, 113.6 ov.) 9/326 (Pat Cummins, 115.2 ov.)
10/327 (Nathan Lyon, 118.6 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 29 11 61 3 2.1  
Stuart Broad 28 10 51 4 1.82  
Chris Woakes 22 4 72 2 3.27  
Moeen Ali 12 0 57 0 4.75  
Tom Curran 21 5 65 1 3.1  
Dawid Malan 7 1 20 0 2.86  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to Bancroft, FOUR, no half-measures this time! Absolutely clobbers the pull, does Bancroft! Short from but doesn't rise threateningly, a lovely swivel and bang, away she goes!

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, what a shot! These are the kind of shots that have made the Australian pundits rate this lad very highly. Overpitched from and it's put away by the straightest of straight drives. Sublime!

4

to Warner, FOUR, threads the gap! On a length just around off stump, Warner leans forward and plays with soft hands. Angled bat and it runs off the outer half between the first slip and gully. It may have come off the edge but he was in control

OT

Curran to Bancroft, no run, was a gamble really, this review. Short of a length outside off, not a great ball but Bancroft flashes at it without any footwork. It whizzed through to Bairstow and England felt there was something there. After quite some thought, Root opted for the review but there was nothing to be seen on HotSpot and Snicko which meant that the on-field call would stay on

4

Curran to Warner, FOUR, that's been spanked! Warner gets the boundary that he was itching for. Half-volley and a bit of width, he just leans into it and thumps the drive through extra cover. That rocketed across the turf

4

Curran to Bancroft, FOUR, shot! Stroke of the morning! Too full again from Curran and this time Bancroft has got his bat down gun barrel straight! Kaboom! Blasts it straight back through Curran's legs, he hardly knew it before the ball raced away

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, pure class! He's bringing out his full repertoire, is Bancroft. Too full around middle and leg, he shuffles a bit quickly before wristing it beautifully wide of mid-on. Timed it exquisitely

W

to Bancroft, out Bowled!! Chopped on! That's another Aussie batsman dragging onto the sticks. I must say I put the jinx on him last ball and here he is, gone! On a good length and closer to off stump, Bancroft just pushes with hard hands slightly away from the body. Gets a thick inside edge that rattles the sticks. England have their first breakthrough, this will stir them nicely in this passage to lunch. Bancroft b 27(42) [4s-4]

6

Ali to Khawaja, SIX, that's a top shot! Good intent from Khawaja, shimmies down the track in a flash on seeing the flight and lofts it straight down the ground. Deep into the stands at long-off

4

Ali to Khawaja, FOUR, another cracking shot! Khawaja has come out with a refreshingly positive approach - a stark contrast to his antics on day one when he just never got going. Uses his feet once again and stays leg-side of the ball, creams the inside out drive through extra cover. Best part was that he kept it all along the ground

W

to Khawaja, out Caught by Bairstow!! Nicked and Khawaja is out of here! A classic dismissal, this. Angles one from round the wicket on a length just outside off, Khawaja had to play at it but his footwork wasn't decisive at all. Only offers a tame push at it and finds the healthy edge that Bairstow gobbles up behind the sticks. All of a sudden, England are breathing fire here. Can they snap up one more before lunch? Khawaja c Bairstow b 11(14) [4s-1 6s-1]

4

to Smith, FOUR, that's a glorious shot! Full ball around off and Smith has middled the straight drive. Shuffles across and nails it down the ground, beats mid-off comfortably

4

Curran to Warner, FOUR, Curran bangs one short and Warner pulls it away over mid-wicket. Moved across, with one leg off the ground, helped it away for a boundary. He didn't over-hit, relied on timing

4

to Smith, FOUR, wow! It was a very full ball angled in around off, it looked like Smith got too close to the ball. But, I was wrong, he brings his bat down at the right moment and drills it between mid-off and extra cover. Bottom hand power!

4

to Warner, FOUR, bit of away shape and Warner did well to guide it through the cordon. Opens his bat-face and gets it off the outside part of the bat. It was slightly in the air, but well wide of the man at gully. Runs away into the fence for a four

OT

to Warner, 2 runs, fifty for David Warner! Gets there in 161 balls. A gritty knock from the Australian opener. The Aussies needed that. Raises his bat and is congratulated by his skipper. It was a short of length delivery wide of off, Warner moved towards off and cut it wide of the man at backward point

4

Ali to Warner, FOUR, good shot! Ali gives a lot of flight and ends up bowling a full toss. Perhaps, it was Warner who converted it into one by lunging forward. Followed it up by cracking the drive through extra cover

4

Curran to Warner, FOUR, nicely done! It was a shortish ball around the waist height, Warner short-arm-jabs it between mid-on and mid-wicket. Off the middle of the bat and there's no one to stop that

4

Curran to Warner, FOUR, shot! Curran bowls full and gets a bit of away movement, Warner leans across and drives it through the cover region. Beats a diving cover fielder and mid-off has no chance to stop that

4

to Warner, FOUR, too full and too straight, easy pickings for Warner. Flicked away to fine leg, Moves into the 80s

4

to Smith, FOUR, good shot! Leg break down the leg-side, Smith gets on top of it and sweeps it with a horizontal bat. Off the face of the bat and beats leg slip easily. First boundary for Smith today!

OT

to Warner, 1 run, Australia are now into the lead! angles in a short of length around off, Warner angles it wide of cover and collects a sharp single. 100 partnership between Warner and Smith!

4

to Smith, FOUR, swinging away outside off, Smith reaches out for that and drives it through the cover region. Finds the gap and there is no one to stop that

W

to Warner, out Caught by James Vince!! Joe gets his birthday present - thanks to David Warner. He break the 107-run stand. Wow, Warner has thrown his wicket away. It was a flighted delivery from round the wicket that hit the rough and turned a bit. Warner gets down to slog and horribly miscues it. The ball lobs up off the outside part of the bat. Vince at cover settles under it and takes it calmly. Warner perishes against a part-time bowler. was pumped up after the catch was taken. Is this the opening England were looking for? Warner c James Vince b 86(227) [4s-8]

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, Shaun Marsh gets off the mark in a streaky manner. It was a short of a good length delivery that shaped away from the left-hander, Marsh played with soft hands and hence the outside edge rolled through the cordon. Marsh was a bit squared up there. Goes through the gap between slips and gully

OT

to Smith, 1 run, pulls a short ball to fine leg and Smith brings up his fifty! He has taken 151 balls to get there. His 23rd in Tests. A useful knock from the captain and he'll look to carry on

W

to Shaun Marsh, out Caught by Bairstow!! Edged and gone! England are elated and why not! A seam-up delivery from a back of a length that seamed away a bit. Marsh could have let that go. He doesn't and dangles his bat to have a feel for it and gets a thick outside edge. Bairstow picked it late and did well to hold onto it with his left glove. And, lunch has been taken! Shaun Marsh c Bairstow b 4(22) [4s-1]

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, spanks the drive. Juicy width outside off, Marsh neatly gets to the pitch of it and drills it to pierce the two men guarding the covers. First runs..off the 20th ball he's faced

4

to Smith, FOUR, too easy. The bouncer sits up this time, well down leg too, and Smith obliges with a pull and fine leg doesn't even have a chance

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, finally, I've been woken up. Mitchell Marsh has hit a boundary. It was a half-volley outside off, Marsh bends forward and middles the cover-drive

4

to Smith, FOUR, that's rare! Smith gets an edge and luckily for him, it goes in the gap. It was a seam-up good length delivery that shaped in a tad, Smith shaped up for the cover-drive and got an outside edge. Goes past a diving (to his left) gully fielder and gets into the 90s

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, good shot! Width on offer outside off from a short of length and Mitchell Marsh latches into it. Waits for the ball to come to him on the back foot and back-cuts it behind square

OT

to Smith, 1 run. Century number 23 in Tests for Steve Smith! Another captain's knock. Stood up when his team needed the most and gets a standing ovation from the crowd. He removes his helmet, kisses the badge on it and raises his weapon - the bat - to acknowledge the audience. Smith epitomizes consistency! Doesn't he? Third time in this series, he gets into the triple digits. Gets there by cutting a short-and-wide ball to cover and hustling through

4

to Smith, byes, FOUR, spits up off the footmarks. And Smith has a wild swing. Nothing connects, nobody gathers. Spins away and through the keeper and leg-slip

4

to Cook, FOUR, excellent timing! Cook would be really happy with the shot. Michael Vaughan chirps on-air "That's the best shot Alastair Cook has played all series." misses his line and strays a touch leg-side, it's worked off the back foot through backward square leg. Timed the pants off it and fine leg had no chance

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, creamed! Stoneman's drives have been delight to watch all through the series and here is another one of those. Leans into the half-volley and caresses this through the covers. Races away

4

to Cook, FOUR, that's been bludgeoned! drops this one short but it's not high enough to threaten Cook. He shuffles on the back foot and absolutely nails this pull stroke through square leg. Stood in admiration of his shot for a second or two

4

Cummins to Cook, FOUR, gorgeous! Elegant stroke from Cook. Half-volley from Cummins and this is just a mere push off the front foot but the timing is of high quality. Picks the gap at cover and it races away

W

to Stoneman, out Caught&Bowled!! Oh yes, is that Superman? No, it's GaryMan! Not as spectacular as the one he took to remove Moeen Ali earlier in the series but gee, this is still an exceptional one-handed return catch. Tossed up invitingly around off, he was getting it in the good zone quite a bit was and Stoneman advanced down the track to unsettle him, only to get a leading edge. It flew off the blade though and had to react swiftly, which he did with a slight leap to stretch out his right hand. Excellent stuff and Australia have their first wicket. Stoneman c and b 15(37) [4s-1]

4

to James Vince, FOUR, this lad does play some sensational strokes, does Vince. Especially the drives are a treat. Sees this tossed up outside off, too full and he creams this wide of mid-off. Raced away

4

to Cook, FOUR, that's a glorious stroke! It does seem like Cook is growing in confidence, shots like these are bound to make you feel better as a batsman. Short of a length around off, he just stands tall and punches it past the bowler. Such timing on the shot that mid-off had no chance of tracking it down

4

to Cook, FOUR, slapped away! Cook is looking ominous here. Short and a hint of width, he stays back and carves it by opening the bat face late. Well wide of gully and it rockets to the fence

4

to James Vince, FOUR, beautifully driven! Tossed up nicely outside off, inviting the drive and Vince obliges off the front foot. Times it well to beat a diving extra cover fielder, mid-off gave up

4

to James Vince, FOUR, in the air! Well wide of backward point though. On a length outside off, not that full but there is width and Vince chases it with a square drive. Flew off the blade and luckily for him, was in the gap

4

Cummins to Cook, FOUR, tremendous shot. This shows Cook is gaining in confidence. A back of a length delivery outside off, fraction short and he is quick to rock back to disch the pull through mid-wicket. Stood and admired his shot as the ball rocketed away

4

Cummins to Cook, FOUR, all the shots are coming out now. This time a back foot punch, back of a length outside off, he rocks back and punches wide of cover. Timed it and it just kept racing away past the chasing fielder

W

to James Vince, out Lbw!! Gone. Two noises. Will James Vince review? He has a chat with Cook and decides to walk off. The two noises were that of the ball striking both pads. Hang on! HotSpot shows a tiny speck as the ball passes bat. Need UltraEdge to confirm as well. So will have to wait for a while. Anyway he has to go. Fullish and nipped in a tad, James Vince missed the flick and the ball struck him below the kneeroll. Ravi had the finger raised in a flash. So strikes first ball in his spell after tea. UltraEdge backs up HotSpot. Definitely Vince got a feather. Surprising that he didn't feel it. The tiniest of flicks! James Vince lbw b 17(37) [4s-3]

4

Cummins to Cook, FOUR, there it is! Boy, didn't he need this badly! Woefully out of form before this game but hasn't put a foot wrong in this innings so far. 56th Test fifty for Cook! Gets to the milestone by clipping this half-volley through mid-wicket. Nobody in the deep and that races away. Cook will be relieved but he knows that he needs to make this one count, convert this into a really big one

4

to Root, FOUR, delicately done! One of Root's trademark strokes. Using the pace of the bowler behind the wicket. This was on a shortish length outside off, plays it ever so late by opening the bat face to split the slip cordon and gully

4

Marsh to Cook, FOUR, that's a vintage Cook stroke! Pure class! Overpitched by Marsh and it's driven straight back past him. Off a closed bat face and it went like a bullet off the blade. Mid-off was a mere spectator

4

Marsh to Cook, FOUR, positive from Cook, as he has been throughout this innings and the result is there to see. Gets a bit of width on offer and plays the back cut efficiently. Beats a diving gully fielder to find the fence

D

Marsh to Cook, no run, dropped! Smith has spilled it. Would you believe it? Had two bites at the cherry but it didn't stick. With the keeper up, he had placed himself at first slip quite fine and Cook played a really lazy shot. The thick edge resulted which wasn't grabbed by the Aussie skipper. He'll be disappointed, sets high standards for himself

4

to Root, FOUR, more runs! Back of a length outside off, Root stays back to this one and opens the bat face late. Gets it between the slip cordon and gully

4

Marsh to Root, byes, FOUR, that's sneaked through! Tough for Paine as he was up to the stumps and Marsh strayed down the leg-side. Root failed to connect the flick but it didn't matter as the keeper couldn't get to it either. Extras!

4

to Cook, FOUR, crunched! Dragged down short outside off, Cook stays back and punches it sweetly through the covers. In the gap and it races away. Brings up the 50-run partnership, vital one for England

4

to Root, FOUR, edgy! And it runs away wide of Smith diving to his right. Didn't carry anyway. On a length and outside off, Root was opening the bat face to run it down. Got lucky and it ran away to the third man fence

4

to Cook, FOUR, cracking shot! A rare loose ball from , errs on the shorter side and there is width on offer as well. That's right down Cook, he loves them square of the wicket and dishes out the cut quite late to beat backward point

4

to Root, FOUR, stifled LBW appeal but it's a bottom edge through his legs! Floated up around leg stump, Root went for the sweep and it sneaked past the leg stump and Paine en route to the fence. was appealing initally but perhaps realized soon that there was bat involved

4

Cummins to Root, FOUR, easy pickings for Root! Short and around leg stump, he gets inside the line and controls the pull towards the fine leg fence. Got it away very fine there

4

Cummins to Cook, FOUR, into the 90s goes Cook! Overcooked from Cummins and it's a lovely drive past the bowler. Struck quite straight and although Warner gave a good chase, he couldn't haul it back in

4

to Root, FOUR, that's fodder for Root and he feasts on it. Half-tracker down the leg-side, he just gets down on one knee and employs the half-pull. Connects well and places it well wide of short fine leg. Races away

OT

Cummins to Cook, 1 run, back of a length outside off, stays back and stabs it towards cover for a single, brings up the 100-run stand, fine stand between England's senior men

4

to Cook, FOUR, that's a freebie and Cook latches onto it. A juicy full toss and it's hammered wide of mid-on. Good strike and it races away

4

to Cook, FOUR, there it is! Look at the joy on his face, he knew how badly he wanted this and how badly England needed this from him. 32nd Test ton for Cook and he gets there with a cracking pull through the leg-side. It was another drag-down from and he paid the price. It was a really lean patch for Cook and this is the knock that will keep him going for some more time, you would think

OT

to Root, 1 run, fine stop at backward point. Cannot deny the single though and that brings up Root's 35th Test fifty. It's been a fairly fluent knock from the skipper but he's been here before quite a lot of times and thrown it away without a three-figure knock. He'd want to rectify that today

4

to Cook, FOUR, cannot bowl there to this man, he loves that zone. Width outside off and a touch short as well, Cook rocks back and cuts it late to beat backward point to his right. Poor from and this over is kind of releasing the pressure that was built upto this point

4

Cummins to Root, FOUR, lovely touch! Root has been looking for this shot for a while and finally finds the gap. On a good length and width on offer, Root hangs back and dabs it late by using the pace. Beats backward point

W

Cummins to Root, out Caught by Lyon!! There is the breakthrough! Cummins provides it and Australia needed it badly. The short ball ploy works, Root couldn't control the pull and ended up mistiming it straight to Lyon at deep square leg. He hardly had to budge. So another day, another Root fifty that isn't converted into a big one. He will be livid. For those asking about Cummins' pace, he hadn't reached his top speeds but continuously clocked close good speeds this morning, 139.3kph was the one on this bumper. Ends a solid partnership that's given England the advantage for now. Root c Lyon b Cummins 61(133) [4s-7]

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, between Paine and Smith! Was a bump ball anyway but Malan was in all sorts of trouble here. Didn't pick the yorker and at over 141kph, easily Cummins' fastest delivery today. Off the outer half as he tries to dig it out and gets a streaky boundary

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, aerial but wide of backward point! Very full and this one is tailing away a bit, Malan drives with an open bat face. Got it fairly off the middle but couldn't keep it down. Fortunately for him, it was in the gap

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, more runs! This will frustrated Cummins to a large extent. Probing good length ball outside off, Malan just waits back and dabs it with soft hands to beat Khawaja at gully

4

Marsh to Cook, FOUR, that's a ravishing straight drive from Cook! A touch full from Marsh and it's around middle, it's met with the full face of the bat and timed to perfection. Straight back past the bowler and it's very straight. Ian Chappell on air says 'That's the best straight drive I have ever seen from Cook!"

W

to Malan, out Lbw!! Got him, yes gone! The second new ball works immediately for the Aussies and it's their best pacer of the game who does the trick. He's been outstanding so far, without much to show for it. The fullish inswinger and Malan was pinned on the crease as he tried to defend. Got struck on the front pad and it looked very plumb to the naked eye. The umpire's finger went up almost instantly and unless Malan had got any bat on it, there was no way the review would have saved him. That's probably what Cook told him and so, he walks back without trying the DRS. Malan lbw b 14(43) [4s-3]

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, glorious stroke! Bairstow has come out with positive intent. This is a bit too full from who is searching for swing, dishes out a half-volley and it's been creamed wide of mid-off. Lovely timing

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, edged but in the gap! Frustration for the Aussies. Lovely outswinger from and he invites the drive from Bairstow. The outside edge flies between the two slips and gully en route to the fence. A third slip would have gobbled it

4

to Cook, FOUR, another delicious straight drive from Cook! He has played refreshingly straight in this innings and some shots have been just exceptional, just like this one. Overcooked from and it's around middle, Cook responds with a ram-rod straight drive past the left of . No way mid-on would have got to it

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, just past Paine's outstretched dive! It was a cross-seamer that was straying onto the pads, Bairstow got a tickle on the leg glance but it wasn't all that far away from Paine who put in a desperate dive to his left

W

to Bairstow, out Caught by Paine!! The bowling change works! Once again, provides a breakthrough just when Australia needed one - it's happened quite a bit in this series and here it is again. Cleverly bowled I must say, pushed this through quicker and it had a touch of extra bounce as Bairstow went for a lazy cut. Wasn't quite there for the stroke and hence, he got the tiniest of edges that was well taken by Paine. Is this the opening Australia wanted? Bairstow c Paine b 22(39) [4s-3]

4

to Moeen Ali, leg byes, FOUR, whoa, that's nearly shaken Ali up! Well-directed bouncer from and Ali got into a tangle as he tried to sway away from it. Couldn't get his bat away in time and the ball flew just over Paine to the fence. Seemed like there was glove but replays show that it struck him on the helmet, albeit a mild blow

6

to Moeen Ali, SIX, just over Cummins! Heart-in-the-mouth stuff for Ali. He wanted to take on by using his feet but miscued it straight down the ground. Cummins at long-off trekked back in order to get to it but eventually found that the momentum would take him past the ropes. Tried to parry it back into play but only managed to tip it over

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, lovely shot! All in control this time. Flighted wider outside off, Ali gets well on the front foot and absolutely creams the drive through the covers. Sublime!

4

Cummins to Moeen Ali, FOUR, living dangerously is Ali Another short ball and he isn't actually in control on this half-pull. Skies it on the leg-side but gets it between fine leg and deep square leg

W

to Moeen Ali, out Caught by Shaun Marsh!! That's a blinder from Marsh at short extra cover. Moeen Ali's flamboyance ends prematurely. Goes back to a short ball and slaps in the air but the man at short extra times the jump well and plucks it out of the air. This is a nice little window for Australia. Moeen Ali c Shaun Marsh b 20(14) [4s-2 6s-1]

4

Cummins to Cook, FOUR, 150 for Cook. A thunderous applause. Gets a short ball and goes for the hook, that does not come right but races to the fine leg fence

4

Marsh to Cook, FOUR, timing on that one as sweet as Caroline. Waits on the back foot to this back of a length and punches past extra cover. Through the gap

4

to Woakes, FOUR, long chase for Warner from mid-off but he gives up. Nicely played, allowed the ball to come to him and then drove on the up through extra cover. A boundary after a long, long time

4

to Woakes, FOUR, Edged. Whose catch? No one reacted - more towards first slip but with the gloves on, the keeper could have gone for it. Woakes poked at this one from the crease and begat an outside edge that had no takers

4

to Woakes, FOUR, edged and away towards the third man fence. Full and well outside off, tempts Woakes into a drive and takes the woody edge before going past the first slip to his right. There's another slip fielder but he is at a fly position

W

Cummins to Woakes, out Caught by Paine!! Slower bumper and Australia strike early in the last session. The ball never came to Woakes, who went for the hook and gloved it to the keeper. Should even things now. England were running away with the lead but this one checks things a bit. How will Cook approach the innings from here. Woakes c Paine b Cummins 26(62) [4s-3]

4

Cummins to Tom Curran, FOUR, it's a good line around off. Tom Curran approaches it like a shy bride and gets a thickish edge. Not the best way to get first Test runs but manages to beat first slip to his right

W

to Tom Curran, out Caught by Paine!! Oh, there seems to be an edge and umpire Dharamsena has given it not out. Australia review. It was a back of a length delivery just outside off, and seems to have taken the edge according to hotspot. The umpire has to reverse his decision. It has been given out. The batsman was just on the back foot and tried to play inside the line of the unpredictable scrambled seam ball again. Didn't have any clue about it, and managed to get a feather of an edge through to Paine behind the stumps. Tom Curran c Paine b 4(15) [4s-1]

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Cummins to Broad, FOUR, short on middle and leg and what do we have here? Angling into leg and Broad tries to evade but gets the bat at the perfect angle to ramp it unintentionally over the slips.

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to Broad, FOUR, short ball, Broad nakes room and gets a top-edge while hooking and over the keeper through to the long stop boundary for four! It was a shrot one outside off, but he seems to half committed to the hook

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to Cook, FOUR, back of a length delivery just outside off, Cook waits for it and just caresses a horizontal-batted drive through the covers for a boundary. Elegance and class written all over that shot. He trusted the bounce and gets into the 190s with that

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to Broad, FOUR, short-ish and a little wide, Broad makes room and keeps fidgeting around, cuts it away towards deep backward point for a boundary

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to Cook, FOUR, 400 up for England and Cook on 195, flighted delivery by just outside off, and Cook comes down the track... yes, that's Alastair Cook.. and he lofts it effortlessly over mid-on for a four

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to Cook, FOUR, oh what a shot to bring up the 200! What a player he is! Mentally strong, full of resolve, the saint in the age of tattoos and peroxide-bleached hair. The ball - full delivery on middle, and he just check-drove it past leg-stump for four, and off came the helmet. 5th 200 in Tests for Cook!

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to Broad, FOUR, back of a length but wide outside off, Broad hangs back and runs his hands through the ball through to the deep extra cover fence with impeccable timing for four. Threaded the gap there

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to Broad, SIX, too full and too flighted, Broad doesn't have to reach out as he makes room and hoicks it over the long-on fence for an enormous six! Oh the Aussies must not underestimate Broad! What a mighty blow, and he is into the 30s!

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Cummins to Broad, FOUR, back of a length delivery on middle, Broad backs away and carves it through extra cover for four. Warner gives chase but fails to pull it in

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to Broad, FOUR, half-tracker by , Broad hangs back and cuts it square of the wicket for four. Broad has moved onto 43 at a strike-rate of 91.49

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Cummins to Broad, FOUR, fifty for Broad! Short and angling into his face, Broad cleared his foot as he has done all afternoon, and he nails that pull between fine leg and square leg for four. In a flurry of seagulls and fielders, Broad gets his 50

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Cummins to Broad, FOUR, the partnership between Broad and Cook is now 100!, short again, pulled again, and Gazza misjudges this as it sails above his head and Broad gets successive boundaries; this time over deep mid-wicket

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Cummins to Broad, out Caught by Khawaja!! Short ball outside off, Broad finally connects an upper-cut, Khawaja charges in from third man and dives to take a catch in front of him. The umpires are checking with the third umpire if the catch is clean. The soft signal is out! Oh dear, it looks like it has bobbed out of his hand upon impact. But it is all up to the big man: the third umpire. There needs to be conclusive evidence that the catch has not been taken. He might have been supporting the ball against his right arm. That is very much allowed. There's no conclusive evidence that it touches the ground. Umpire Dharmasena seems to be mouthing out. And the big screen flashes OUT! Broad c Khawaja b Cummins 56(63) [4s-8 6s-1]

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Cummins to Cook, FOUR, back of a length and not too wide, Cook cuts it aerially to the left of Khawaja who dives and doesn't get to it it races to third man for four

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Marsh to Cook, FOUR, short and wide outside off, slashed through to the third man fence for four

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Marsh to Cook, FOUR, spectacular shot! Full delivery just outside off, Cook comes forward and check-drives threading the gap between extra cover and wide mid-off and through to the boundary for four!

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Cummins to Anderson, out Caught by Bancroft!! Gone first ball! Gee, the Aussies will be wondering why they couldn't blow the tail so quick yesterday. A vicious short ball from Cummins to start and Anderson is no position to counter it. Struggles on the crease to fend and only manages to pop it to short leg where Bancroft takes an easy catch. Cook gets a standing ovation as he walks back having carried his bat. England finish on 491. Anderson c Bancroft b Cummins 0(16)

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to Warner, FOUR, wow! What timing! Pristine. Just a forward defence. An extended one. Front dog out and the ball pings off the middle of the bat and Mo's chase is a futile one. It kept running away from him. The crowd clear their throats. Ominous signs that for England

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to Warner, FOUR, my word! Gee! Warner looks very good. Hope I'm not putting the mockers on him. Not a half-volley on off, went wide of the crease did , tried to angle it across, but Warner just defended that with a huge stride forward and once it hit the middle of the bat, just raced across the turf wide of mid-off. Knew as soon as he hit that, it was four

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to Warner, FOUR, willing to take on the fielder. Flayed on the rise. A good length delivery outside off, Warner drives in the air but well wide of the short cover fielder, races away

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Ali to Warner, FOUR, smack. That's Warner for you. Smashed that. Was a flat delivery, but look how quickly he picked the length up, went back and pulled it through mid-wicket. Great footwork to shorten the length even further

4

to Warner, FOUR, what a shot. Has to beat short cover and the athletic Anderson at mid-off. Does so with ease. Granted it was a half-volley outside off, but the field placing didn't give him enough room to pierce the field. But he did, Anderson could've dived but didn't. Tired body and legs!

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to Warner, FOUR, 50 for Warner. In a Boxing Day Test! Seen that before. The field is heavily stacked on the off-side so he drags this away slanter from outside off and pulls through vacant mid-wicket. Raced away and he raises his bat to loud cheers from the festive MCG crowd

4

Curran to Bancroft, FOUR, right into the gap! Could've had a wicket with this third ball in his Test career. Bancroft slashes hard at a short of length delivery outside off and gets lucky. The thick edge flies between gully and second slip. At a very catchable height as well. Curran is a disappointed man

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to Warner, FOUR, wow! Even Hugh Jackman the Aussie actor who is on air is wowing about that shot. Pitched up and Warner just came forward, didn't try to hit it too hard, relied on timing and knew he had to place it because there are three fielders very close-in on the off-side. But the drive wooshes past the stumps and Bancroft, beating the umpire as well

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to Warner, FOUR, just the hint of width outside off and Warner latches on. Tom Curran at backward point flies with his left-hand to try and catch that. But it eludes his grasp. Again as he did in the first few overs, Warner didn't go hard on the cut. Quite uncharacteristic of him, the bat face was open as well. Luckily for him it didn't go to hand. is disappointed for bowling a poor delivery

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to Warner, FOUR, streaky. Very streaky but four. Warner goes with hard hands and no feet. The thick outside edge flies wide of gully and backward point, runs away. Well bowled by as he drew the edge but no luck so far for him

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Curran to Warner, FOUR, no real pace or oomph on this short delivery, sits up on the hips for Warner to essay the one-legged pull. Also no men behind square on the on-side, easy for Warner to pull and he gets it wide of deep square

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Curran to Warner, FOUR, no chance with fine leg vacant; can't bowl there, on the pads, deft glance from Warner after getting inside the line. Curran saw something which I didn't see as he wore a disappointed expression on his face

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Ali to Warner, SIX, the 100 is up. Saw the tossed up delivery and decided to go after it. No spin, no drift, nothing for Mo. So a safe blow. Just swung through the line, planted his front foot forward and it landed near the sightscreen. First six of the game as well

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to Bancroft, FOUR, even the good ones are going for four. This is an edge. Runs wide of gully. Full outside off, straightened a tad, drew the drive from Bancroft but didn't go to hand

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to Warner, FOUR, comes back and bowls a loosener from round the wicket, gentle short delivery on the hips, with no-one behind square. Can't see what the plan was there, Warner on one leg swats the pull away to the fence

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to Warner, FOUR, "superbbbbbbb" goes Bill Lawry on air. Ooooh! What a voice. What a shot. Overpitched by , Warner doesn't need any more gifts than that. Short backlift and he has drilled that past and mid-off. That raced off the bat

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to Bancroft, out Lbw!! He's walking. Is he? Yes he is. with the wicket. Deserved it in this spell. Bowled well and has got the breakthrough. Nipped in from a good length, missed the inside edge on the flick and thudded into the pad. The key was it kept low and once the impact was in-line, it was always going to be out. Dharma raises the finger. End of a painstaking knock from Bancroft. Bancroft lbw b 26(95) [4s-2]

OT

to Warner, 1 run, 6000 Test runs for Warner. But no 100 still. Punches the length delivery from outside off through cover, Mo realises that Warner is on 98, runs in from sweeper and keeps Warner to a single. He wanted the second

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Curran to Warner, 1 run, he has done it. He has. A loud yell of "Come on" with a trademark fist pump from Warner as he tucks this through square leg. Was a length ball from Curran on the stumps and that made it easy for Warner. As soon as he clipped that, he started punching the air and out comes the leap in the air - another iconic celebration - for his 21st Test ton. Boy what a let-off one ball earlier and he has brought the G and his mates to a raptorous celebration. Lots of smiles and the crowd absolutely go bonkers. I can't recollect the G going so mad in recent times. What a couple of minutes. Kisses the bat and shows the willow to someone! Phew. This is breathtaking stuff and mind-numbing if you are an England supporter. Heart-breaking for Curran too. That no-ball will play on his mind for quite a while. But it is Warner's moment and he makes the most of it as he drinks it all in. Boxing Day hundred against the old enemy at the G is the stuff of dreams and he has achieved that!

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to Warner, out Caught by Bairstow!! Edged and taken! Warner has a chat with his partner regarding the DRS but then decides to walk. It's a legal ball as well this time, so no more drama. A fab knock nevertheless and he gets a good reception en route to the dressing room. A big wicket this for England though, it's consolidated a good session for them in terms of keeping things tight. gets this one to just nibble away a fraction off the seam, not by much but it's enough to induce the edge. Warner was wafting at it without any footwork and paid the price. Warner c Bairstow b 103(151) [4s-13 6s-1]

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to Khawaja, FOUR, that's a rubbish ball from . Shortish length but the line is on middle and leg. Hardly waist high and with no fine leg in place, that's asking for trouble. Khawaja swivels on the pull and makes good contact to get it down the leg-side

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to Smith, FOUR, what a way to kick-start things after Tea. feeds Smith with a short ball that sat up pretty well. The Australian skipper swivels across, rolls his wrists and controls the pull behind square on the on-side. No chance for the long leg fielder

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to Khawaja, FOUR, sublime! This will get him going. Half-volley just outside off, enough for Khawaja to lean across, open the bat face and elegantly drives it through extra cover. Zooms away to the fence

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to Smith, FOUR, nothing much wrong with the delivery, just a sliver of width outside off and Smith latches onto it. Stands tall, opens the bat face at the last moment and guides it behind point. Superb execution from the Australian skipper and spoils a good over from

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to Khawaja, out Caught by Bairstow!! strikes. Just in his second over after Tea, he sends Khawaja packing. Very poor technique from the Southpaw, it was full and held its line just a bit. He was prodding across, hanging his bat frozen. The ball deviates just a tad, takes the feather and Bairstow holds onto it. The appeal was instant and Khawaja knew he had nicked it, didn't bother to review and walked away. gets his reward for his consistent line and lengths. What a breakthrough for England! Khawaja c Bairstow b 17(65) [4s-2]

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to Shaun Marsh, no run, Oh dear! England have reviewed for a LBW against Shaun Marsh. Fair delivery. Looks like no bat there, yup confirms technology. Ball-tracker coming up: Pitching - in-line. Impact - in-line. Wickets - Umpire's call. Marsh survives. Phew! A inducker that jagged back in, Marsh was caught in the crease shuffling across and playing down the wrong line. He misses and the ball raps him on the pad - looked high on first viewing and HawkEye confirmed that it was clipping the top of off and middle stump

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to Smith, FOUR, meat and drink for Smith, but still had to put it away. There were two short mid-wicket's in place, Smith manages to thread the gap. Walks across his crease, twirls his wrists and places it in the gap. Runs away!

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Ali to Smith, FOUR, Smith welcomes Mo Ali to the crease with a boundary. Overpitched outside off, Smith flails his hands and thrashes it through extra cover. The fielder in the deep tried his best with a desperate dive near the ropes but in vain

4

Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, this will ease Marsh's nerves. He has been struggling a bit in the last few overs. This was short and turning away outside off, Marsh hangs back, goes deep and slashes the cut behind point

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Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, excellent use of the feet by Marsh. Spotted the tossed up delivery early, skipped out and whipped it wide of mid-on

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Curran to Smith, FOUR, top shot! For once, the debutant loses his length. Curran tries the slower bouncer but ends up giving a drag-down wider outside off, Smith stands tall to ride the bounce and forces it behind point

OT

to Smith, 2 runs, the Steve Smith juggernaut rolls on, 22nd Test fifty for him! Leans into this overpitched delivery and creams it through extra cover. Enough time to get back for the second. He's looking ominous once again today and as mentioned earlier, MCG has been a happy hunting ground for him. Come to think of it, there aren't many venues across the globe which aren't like that for him

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, a rare bad ball from and it's been dispatched. It's a drag-down and Marsh rocks back in a jiffy to pull it in front of square. There are two men in the deep but he's placed it well to bisect them with panache

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, the classy Shaun Marsh cover drive! Very few prettier sights in world cricket. A bit too full from and Marsh picks the gap. Beats short cover and it raced away downhill to the fence

4

Curran to Smith, FOUR, nicely done! Plenty of width on this one and Smith waits before dabbing it late. Gets it wide of gully and there is nobody at third man. Easy pickings

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to Smith, FOUR, so good. Around off, or even marginally outside off, takes it from there and flicks off the middle of the bat. Beats the diving square leg with ease and that's Smith's first boundary today

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to Smith, FOUR, short ball and Smith is onto that in a flash. As well. No height on that one, went back and smashed the pull, long leg had no chance even though he had just a few paces to cover to his left. That's 500 runs and more for Smith in this series

OT

Curran to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, the 100-run stand is up betwen the two. A handshake from the duo in appreciation of that feat. Turned wide of mid-wicket and they take on Mo to complete a quick single

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Curran to Smith, out Bowled!! Curran has got his maiden Test wicket! And it's of Smith. He is fine with the front foot as well. He is off celebrating. What an epochal moment for the youngster. Should've had Warner yesterday on 99 but will take Smith any day with the form that the Aussie skipper is in. Finally Smith gets out at the G - first time in Tests since 2014. So that's something that Curran will be proud of as well. Coming to the dismissal - nothing delivery really, short and wide outside off, Smith went for a flashy cut - but dragged it back on. He is so disappointed at missing out on a big score. Curran takes off his aeroplane. So Smith falls and England will be so relieved more than anything else at seeing the back of him. Smith b Curran 76(156) [4s-8]

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Curran to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, off the mark with a back-cut. Just fraction short outside off and Mitchell Marsh didn't need anymore invitations. He is in form and smashed it wide of backward point. Fast hands and played it late

4

Curran to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, poor bowling. Very poor. Again leg-stumpish, Shaun Marsh gets inside the line and glances it fine. No chance this time for Woakes. Neatly played by the left-hander

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to Mitchell Marsh, out Bowled!! Another chop on! Short and quite wide, just like his skipper Mitchell Marsh also goes hard on the cut stroke. Probably the surface is a tad two-paced and hence, the inside edge cannons onto the sticks. strikes immediately and the bowling change has worked for England. This is a really good start for the tourists today. Mitchell Marsh b 9(18) [4s-1]

4

Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, lovely batting! Marsh took a couple of steps down and found the length shortened by Ali. Just used his quick hands to glide this through point. More about timing and playing it late to pick the gap. Quality stuff

OT

Ali to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, the single is there this time and it brings up his 9th Test fifty, what a series he is having! Floated up outside off, Marsh dabs it towards point and hares across to the other end

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, nicely done! Once again he is just using the pace of the bowler beautifully. Back of a length and width on offer, Marsh stands tall and just opens the bat face ever so late. Wide of gully and away to the third man fence. Not an easy shot to play on this surface as the last two dismissals have shown but he has executed it really well

4

to Paine, FOUR, top shot! Mid-off did get a hand on it but the timing was so good that it had enough legs to reach the fence. Too full from and Paine leant into the drive nicely. Stroked it with minimum fuss and maximum timing

4

Ali to Paine, FOUR, thumping stroke! Plenty of flight on this one and Paine reaches out with a good front foot stride. Strokes the cover drive so well that even the substitute Crane at sweeper cover cannot stop it despite putting in a dive. Top shot to bring up the 300

4

Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, excellent batting! This is what good footwork can do. Marsh comes down the track and takes this one on the full, rams it straight back past the bowler. Mid-on had no chance as this was placed very straight

4

Curran to Paine, FOUR, sublime! Ah, pure class! Not very full but Paine is getting onto the front foot nicely over the last few overs. Caresses this cover drive and bisects mid-off and extra cover with precision. Shot of the morning

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to Shaun Marsh, out Lbw!! strikes! It's a big wicket for England because Marsh has shown what he can do earlier this series when he gets a big one. This looked plumb to the naked eye to be honest, except that perhaps seemed to be two noises. Fuller ball that straightened off the deck to ping Marsh on the front pad. was so sure that he had started the celebrations as well, only to find out that the umpire hadn't agreed. Promptly egged his captain to go for the review and three Reds flashed on Ball Tracking after Snicko and UltraEdge had confirmed that it was pad first. Shaun Marsh lbw b 61(148) [4s-8]

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to Paine, FOUR, my word, he's clobbered this one! Fractionally short from and Paine is onto it in a flash. Rocks back in a jiffy to crack the pull to the deep mid-wicket fence

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to Paine, out Bowled!! "There it isssssss" yells the legendary Bill Lawry on air and now goes past Courtney Walsh. Has 520 Test scalps. Only McGrath ahead of him as far as pacers are concerned. Third drag on in this session. A back of a length delivery on the stumps, Paine got greedy and went for the pull, bottom-edged it onto the stumps. Too full to play that and hurried onto him, cramped for room was Paine and he isn't happy at all. Shows his frustration as he walks off. Paine b 24(36) [4s-4]

4

to Bird, FOUR, edged and splits Bairstow and Cook at first slip. is now running in and should've got Bird out. Lovely full delivery, Bird pressing forward to defend gets a thick edge and it goes right under Bairstow's dive. Bounces in front of Cook's hands and bursts through, races away to the fence. is not chuffed. Shakes his head. Was Bairstow a bit late on the dive? 50-50 call. Bird gets lucky

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to Bird, out Lbw!! Got him. No clue. Hang on. Has Bird gone for the review? Yes he has. But this looks dead. Yes he is gone. Kept low and thudded into Bird's pad around the kneeroll. Was playing completely down the wrong line. Once he missed the line and the ball struck him in front, easy call for S Ravi who finally agrees with 's appeal for an lbw. What a session for England. The review turns out to be futile as it is crashing onto the stumps. Bird lbw b 4(6) [4s-1]

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to Pat Cummins, out Caught by Cook!! Finds the nick and Cook has taken it at first slip. The umpires aren't too sure and decide to refer this upstairs. Just a precautionary measure and the third umpire confirms that it is a clean catch. wasting no time in getting into his act. A gentle outswinger that sucked Cummins into the drive, no footwork and he only manages a thick edge that is pouched by the former England skipper. For a change, Cummins fails with the bat this series. Down to the last man then, Australia. Pat Cummins c Cook b 4(18)

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to Lyon, out Lbw!! wraps things up! A full in-dipper that tails in sharply, Lyon fell across a bit on the flick stroke and didn't quite balance himself well. Missed the flick and got pinged on the front pad. Seemed a goner to the naked eye and the umpire obliged. Lyon decided to try his luck with the DRS, more a tactical one but there was no bat involved and it was clipping leg stump. Umpire's call and so the on-field call stays. Australia have been bowled out for 327. Lyon lbw b 0(10)